Neoplan updates its range
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NEOPLAN has updated its 12-year-61d coach range to give it what it calls a Jubilee look.
The front end has been tidied up to lose its simulated front grille, The fresh air intake has been moved to the rear of the roof, but the most striking feature is the use of a novel headlamp system, the Bosch PES design, which uses smaller lights but is far more efficent iii longbeam operation.
The driver has improved visibility through the nearside window for safer negotiation of awkward turns and an energy-absorbing front bumper — which withstands impact at up to eight km/h without damage — results from experience gained in the United States.
The traditional Neoplan "wings" badge in the centre of the front panel has given way to a new company logo, emphasising the "A" for Auwrter, offset to one side.
Full air-conditioning in three and four-star coaches will rapidly become standard and provision has been made to accommodate it with a minimum of additional work. Newly-designed overhead rack or aircraft-style luggage lockers are fitted, while the lightinglventilatimi clusters over each row of seats have also been restyled for better performance and easier maintenance.
Pre-set lighting fittings are now behind a glass screen and require only a quick wipe over for cleaning. The styling changes will apply to all models of the range, which retains the proven mechanical specification. Choice of power units Neoplan coaches was • tended last year by the at tion of Scania drivelines w 50 sets of running units 'A through the Stuttgart plant An order by Neoplan, month, for a further 100 velines not only indic;: growing popularity of Swedish engines but also leas the good reception gi to the computer aided g< shift system which. will used in 70 per cent of next batch Of Scania-powc Neoplans.